The Burton Clash is for the many of us that don’t have allot of cash and know riding the mountain will be more your thing. It’s got a mellow flex and feel but it’s tapered set back shape makes for an entry level freeride to all mountain kind of ride. If you are going to learn to ride in soft conditions to powder this is a decent entry level board.
The Channel Upgrade for the 2014 Burton Clash is nice too. The 3 hole thing is just dead and now you can use EST bindings with it if you want.
The 2015 Burton Clash upgraded to a squeeze box core that will make the flex a little more natural and give it an all around easier board to butter. It’s not a massive improvement but it is a nice improvement to the ride that allows the board to turn and butter a little better than the older model.
On Snow Feel: The rocker shape of the Burton Clash is perfect for a beginner to learn on because you don’t catch edges. As you evolve as a rider you will probably get tired of the Burton Clash but its a decent start. It’s pretty loose and playful between the feet and it will take a little work to get comfortable one footing and flat basing. The directional shape usually should have an all mountain feel but the continuous rocker makes it feel more like a freestyle board.
Powder: The V-Rocker profile and 1″ setback will help you float really easy for your first powder days and the taper helps the tail sink down into it to keep your nose up. This board has powder skills and will float really well. This could serve as a dedicated powder board very easily for those on a budget. The extruded base doesn’t have that pow glide but other than that the board is close to being excellent in powder.
Turn Initiation and Carving: Very easy to turn but it’s more for skidded turns than pointing it. It won’t help you learn to carve out a turn or get a little more aggressive on the hill but it will help you understand how to go edge to edge very well.
Speed: The extruded base is slow but durable and doesn’t need to be waxed much which is good for beginners. It holds its speed ok but it’s not a board you want to get going at high speeds with. This is much more of a park than a mountain board.
Uneven Terrain: Very easy with bumpy crappy snow. Burton has good shock absorption.
Edge Hold: Due to the lack of edge hold this is more of a good conditions all mountain beginner ride. The edge hold isn’t great so if you happen to ride in hard to icy conditions this isn’t your best option. If you are learning in soft snow this will be fine.
Flex: Very soft playful and buttery. The 2015 is a little better here for a butter because of the squeeze box tech but it’s not out of control better.
Switch: Not perfect but it can be done a lot better than you would think for a tapered directional board.
Jibbing: You know this can handle a jib park pretty well because of the soft flex.
Pipe: Not so great in the pipe. No edge hold and not the kind of board I’d like to take in there.
Jumps: There is decent spring but it’s not like the Flying V boards.